Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Why I Bike: Tom


When did you learn to ride your bike? Who taught you?

I learned to bike when I was six years old, my eight year old sister was my coach. Needless to say I suffered a few scrapes and bruises before I got the hang of it! 

In what city and state do you live?

I currently live in South Bend, IN but I hail from the Emerald Isle. I lived in Ireland all my life before moving to South Bend last August to do a one year Masters in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology Commercialization at the University of Notre Dame.  

What is the biking culture like there?

Ireland is a great country for biking. The larger cities such as Dublin and Cork are very bike friendly with most streets having bike lanes. In addition, the recent implementation of a biking rental scheme has made cycling even more accessible to both commuters and tourists. However, biking in the countryside is the main attraction. Ireland’s best sights such as the Ring of Kerry are best seen whilst biking the through the breath-taking landscape.  

What kind of bike do you have? 

My biking style is a bit reckless to say the least, so I’ve always had a mountain bike. 

How often do you ride your bike?

I ride my bike every day. 

Do you have a bike story?

I was in Paris in 2008 and I had just met the love of my life. We agreed to meet again outside Montmartre Metro Station at 10am. Surprise surprise, there was a strike and the metro wasn’t operating that morning. It was 9:45am, and I was 3 miles from Montmartre. I rented a bike at a nearby bike shop and made it just in time! We had not exchanged contact information (this was before facebook was all powerful), so if it wasn’t for that bike we may never have met again!

I wish drivers

would give cyclists right of way at an intersection crossing!!

I would ride my bike even more if...

I had a comfortable bike saddle.

Do you ride your bike in all weather?

YES!! Myself and my five Irish comrades nicknamed the Cycling Irish biked right through the winter.
  
Do you own a car?

No, not yet.
 
My favorite thing about riding my bike.... 

Freedom.

The coolest trip I’ve done on my bike…. 

Bike tour of Munich, Germany. Great city, lovely parks and very bike friendly.

The bike trip I’m dying to do…

Tour de France

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